Home

FROM THE EDITOR

“Gender Equality” Bond Issue is Oversubscribed—by 20 Times

A $400 million “gender equality bond” issued by Australia’s QBE Insurance Group turned out to be beyond popular: applications of more than $8.25 billion were received for the offering. Adding to its “wow factor,” the QBE bond is the first-ever such bond to be issued in a G3 currency—US dollars, euro, and yen. “The funds raised will be invested in bonds issued by companies that have policies of supporting workplace gender equality,” reports Reuters, including those that have signed up to the United Nations seven principles on Women's Empowerment and entities referenced in the Equileap 2017 Gender Equality Report. The outsized interest in this gender-defined bond reflects the growing attraction for ESG-driven products by mainstream investors.

John Howell, Editorial Director

Special Announcement: National Association of Environmental Management issues EHS & Sustainability Staffing, Structure and Budget Report

ReportAlert: ITV wins inaugural GivX Community Value Award

News & Blogs

Bill Gates is unquestionably shaping the face of global health. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given over 9 billion in grants over the past 10 years, and shaping research and delivery of medicine across the world. Like Microsoft before it, whatever the Gates Foundation funds - and the initiatives it takes on board - effect policy makers, researchers, and ultimately people's health the world over.


I am probably going to get some hate mail for this one and I am definitely going to get some slack for thinking this much about certain celebrities, but looking over piles of sustainability reports, I just couldn't help but draw some comparisons....


Earlier this week I read an article about how American Idol was responding to a decline in ad revenue "through brand extensions, marketing partnerships, licensing fees and more."  I duly bookmarked it and scheduled my after-class time tonight to write a blog post about how social entrepreneurs should consider selling out to


For nerds like me, sustainability reports of companies are pretty exciting things these days. Firstly, they are visually amazing if a bit overdone (see Coca Cola’s).


Yesterday our fearless leader posted an interesting video on Cadbury's fair-trade chocolate initiative.  It's something that I've been thinking about for a while, at least since the Financial Times wrote it up last March.  As one might suspect, my own take is


Sometimes social media can have some poetic justice. Like in Sri Lanka, where blogs are used to bring out alternative stories of what's 'really' happening in the midst of the violence - stories that the government won't admit to being true. Or the other day, when Rupali Devi commented on a blog I wrote on 'Non-Violence for Sustainable Development'. I wrote the blog several weeks and weeks ago - and had even forgotten about it.


Pages